Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has cast its three leads to portray the trio in their older years.
As we learned earlier this year, The Cursed Child is a sequel to the books — “the eighth story” — focusing on Harry and his son Albus Severus.
The Daily Mail reported the casting of the three Cursed Child leads on Sunday evening, including Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger. This casting is the most immediately notable of the trio, as Noma is a person of color. Hermione was, obviously, depicted as white in the Harry Potter movies. Although, as noted by BuzzFeed’s Alanna Bennett earlier this year, Rowling never made her race clear.
Whither the fandom? Will we have a bigger shitstorm than “Dumdore is gay”? Or will no one care because it’s a play? Who am I kidding? Of course they will care!
Along similar lines, there’s a groundswell of people (myself included) who want to see Ellen Page cast as the young Han Solo in the upcoming film. No drawing attention to it within the film - she’s just Han.
They cast a black actor to play Hermione? Good. Fuck white people who are pissed off. I’m so fucking sick of tip-toeing around white (often men’s) feelings. Let’s make all of pop culture black as black can be.
Hasn’t each story depicted them at later years? I figured “older” was a given, but I wasn’t sure that they meant decades older. Mind you, I watch many dubbed movies and television, where grown people putting on squeaky voices is the norm for depicting children.